SBD/Issue 126/Sports Industrialists

Executive Transactions

Leonard Armato Has Joined
Skechers As Its New CMO

In this week's SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, Terry Lefton reports former AVP Commissioner LEONARD ARMATO has joined Skechers as CMO and President of the company's Fitness Group. Armato, who left the AVP a "little less than a year" ago, has been "working as a consultant to Skechers for three months" (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 3/15 issue).

OLYMPIC MOVEMENT: U.S. Speedskating Exec Dir BOB CROWLEY has resigned as "part of sweeping changes by the organization in the wake of a disappointing performance by the long-track team at the Vancouver Olympics." The long-track team won four medals in Vancouver, down from seven at the '06 Turin Games and eight at the '02 Salt Lake City Olympics. Former Park City (UT) Mayor BRADLEY OLCH will serve as interim Exec Dir until the USS BOD appoints a permanent successor to Crowley, who left by "mutual agreement" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 3/15)....The USA Cycling BOD has elected BILL PETERSON as President, effective immediately, replacing MARK ABRAMSON who is leaving after a two-year term. USA Cycling also re-elected WAYNE STETINA as VP and JIM PATTON as Secretary (USA Cycling).

EXECS: Rice Univ. has hired former Univ. of Indiana AD RICK GREENSPAN to the same position, succeeding CHRIS DEL CONTE (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 3/13)....The Dolphins have promoted NAT MOORE to VP & Senior Advisor. He will continue to oversee Dolphins alumni activities and will work closely with Dolphins CEO MIKE DEE on special projects (Dolphins). The Dolphins also hired KALEB THORNHILL as Dir of Player Development. Thornhill most recently worked in the Lions' front office (, 3/12)....Competitor Group has appointed JULIA BEESON POLLORENO as Editor-in-Chief of Triathlete magazine. Polloreno most recently was Senior Editor at San Diego Magazine (CGI)....Triple-A PCL Sacramento River Cats Assistant GM/Media Relations GABE ROSS has left the club to take a position with the Sacramento City Unified School District (THE DAILY)....Sarasota-based Solace Sports Services has promoted NICHOLAS STEWART to COO (Solace Sports).

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